Qigong

Originally from China, Qigong (or “Chi Kung”)  is an ancient and powerful mind/body discipline that is perfect for the modern world.  Composed of a variety of sitting, standing and moving practices which use the breath, posture, and power of the mind, Qigong creates a field of powerful healing energy (qi), enabling the practitioner to shift into a state of increased vitality and awareness, a decrease or elimination of pain, and accelerated healing.  Studies show strong improvement in spiritual, physical and mental health, evidenced by synchronized brain waves, reduction in stress hormones, and increases in energy.

 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is China’s unique gift to the arts of physical culture and fitness. A combination of self-defense  and qigong,  this elegant mind/body discipline is a moving energy meditation that is rooted in Taoist philosophy. Tao means “the way of nature” and Tai Chi is considered one of the best vehicles for practicing Tao as well as realizing it. The word, “chi” in the English transliteration is not the same as “qi/chi” or life force energy. In fact, the original word,  taiji means “the supreme ultimate”.  Add the word chuan, and it becomes “the supreme ultimate fist” (self-defense). A graceful series of movements performed in slow motion, Tai Chi is easy on the joints and is a powerful stress reliever for contemporary lifestyles. Among other conditions, it addresses improper posture, muscle tension, and mental stress. These difficulties can restrict energy flow, causing blockages that can lead to pain and in some cases, serious illnesses.